Dani Mathewson


After twenty-one years as a professional photographer, Dani Mathewson sold her studio to pursue her indie publishing career, with a focus on young adult fiction.

With a passion for reading and creating exciting YA fiction, her subject matter and target age range vary across a number of titles, some of which are still in the pipeline, but the one reliable constant is her commitment to action, pace and authentic characters.

Described by her friends as a loveable weirdo, Dani calls inner city Brisbane, Australia, home. Her healthy appreciation for the unknown extends to controversial theories of human history, ancient civilisations, metaphysics and cryptozoology, not all of which are reflected in her work (yet…). When not fused to her laptop, her spare time is an imperfect balance of training in her local boxing gym and Netflix on the couch.

Her action thriller, Powder, was released on 1st November 2018 and debuted in the iTunes Charts Top 100 Books across all genres.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Incredibly, the idea for Powder was sparked by our snowboarding friend, Leon. After we returned from our ski trip in Niseko, Japan, he decided to stay on to hike to an abandoned ski lodge in the middle of nowhere and actually spent the night there by himself. He said it was super creepy. That set my imagination on fire. I knew there was a book in there somewhere. Then I read a news article on the Yakuza (sorry, no specifics here or it'll be a spoiler), which gave me the idea for the rest of the story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love the outdoors so I try to get close to nature on weekends, whether that's going for a hike in the rainforest or a cruise on the motorbike (I'm strictly the passenger!) or just tossing a frisbee in the park. Most days you can find me training at my local boxing gym but all that is balanced out by some quality couch time and a Netflix marathon.
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,760. Language: Australian English. Published: November 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Snowboarding heaven becomes a hellish nightmare when Ryan and his friends discover a body in an abandoned ski lodge, in a remote area notorious for missing tourists and unpredictable weather. Fear and accusations fracture the group as they go missing, one by one. Are blizzard conditions to blame or is a psychopath in their midst? Or is there something even more sinister at play?

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